Archive for 'optimism'
Barrett Nichols of Falmouth, Maine, celebrated his 108th birthday recently. Mr. Nichols was a child when Henry Ford made his first Model-T. He has lived through two World Wars and the Great Depression. His friends say he is an avid golfer, has a good sense of humor, and still loves his cigars and rum and [...]
Recently a friend of mine gave me a copy of an article that appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, “O” in November of 2007, entitled “Love At Last.” The article reviewed six lessons the author had learned from her investigation of those who find love late in life. Two of the lessons, keeping an open mind [...]
If we look with clear eyes at the past and our present, we can see what works and what does not. In the past many would argue that we were better at acting on our values and beliefs, and at being optimistic and confident about ourselves and the future of our country. Indeed, we may [...]
Duct Tape Isn’t Enough does not focus on blaming the bad guys for our problems or finding the right good guy to act as our savior. There are no messianic good guys or demonic bad guys in the book. Many of those who survive the tragedies of 911 and Katrina, and who will be able [...]
Will I ever learn? Last night, I suddenly found myself on the floor again. I got cocky. My mind raced ahead to wherever it is they go when they are not paying attention. Leaving me stranded – failing, before it went, to consider my handicap and the critical need to mentally inventory each of [...]
… I have hazy memories: the dinner party in North Berwick, Maine, the slow drive through the sleet and snow back home, sliding into a sharp curve, then - nothing. I come to… Where? A hospital? My Akita, Angel, was in the seat behind me… Is she okay? People, strangers – are busy attaching lines to me – I have [...]
Are you a Red Sox fan? Are you a bleeding heart, long suffering, follower, who prior to 2004 just waited for their beloved team to win—next year?? If so, then there is no reason to explain resilience to you. Because as a Red Sox fan you lived it. I came from a Red Sox family. [...]